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- vs Hawaii -- 2-10 in 2015 vs FBS competition, from five timezones away, coming off a trip to Australia the previous week
- vs UCF -- winless in 2014
- vs Colorado -- 3-9 vs FBS competition a year ago
- @Rutgers -- it's Rutgers
- vs Illinois -- it's Illinois (also coming off a bye)
- vs Maryland -- it's Maryland
- vs Indiana -- lost a ton of the semi-terrifying offensive talent that had made them a tougher out
- Only a small 2.5" patch has been approved
- The incremental revenue of $4-6 million for a patch is a pittance to Silver, he believes corporate partners that participate will be more likely to invest in and promote for the league, leading to higher revenue and additional exposure
- Added revenue would be split between the players, so none of them will complain
- Retail jerseys without sponsorship patches will continue to be sold
- The ruling approved a 3-year pilot program that would allow teams to sell rights to a patch, not mandate one
|6 days 15 hours ago||Congrats on the sex Coach||
Congrats on the sex Coach
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't consider the Brian to||
I don't consider the Brian to have the Word of God, but where Onwenu's scouting report reads as "boom-or-bust raw, physical freak with outlier size, strength and quickness (for his size)", Bredeson's reads as "college ready (for an OL) that is technically advanced, smart, and has good pad level". I'd be stunned if Onwenu laps him in year 1.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Tomato cans serve a purpose.||
Tomato cans serve a purpose. In the current alignment, we play Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State every season. For the next four seasons, we play Wisconsin every year as well. Three of the next four years we play either Nebraska or Iowa (another potentially major B1G foe). After this year's weak non-conference slate, we play an SEC team from 2017-2019 (with only one in AA).
Those are 5-6 BATTLES each season. Potentially add ND in 18-19. What if Maryland (another perennial foe in this alignment) rises up a bit under Durkin? We only get Rutgers and Indiana once a year each. It'd be nice to have one September game every year that we can count on a W and cycle in some younger guys in the second half.
Two big-time non-conference opponents each year are enough.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed on Arkansas. A flip||
Agreed on Arkansas. A flip would fix things. Games @Arkansas, @Notre Dame, @Wisconsin, and @Penn State all in the same year would be tough. Throw in home dates with Iowa, Michigan State, and Ohio State... That schedule would be an absolute bear to navigate even with a senior Brandon Peters doing his best Andrew Luck impersonation.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Happy to see Brian will blog Copa||
Just praying we don't go the Beckerman route. Bradley has looked great in defense and as an initiator at the 6. My only worry down the center of the field is the lack of familiarity between Brooks and Cameron. I'm hoping Bradley's prescence and the box-to-box games of Jones and Bedoya should be enough support if they can avoid falling out of position.
Up top Dempsey needs to raise his game like he has in previous big stages. Whether due to age, form, or tactical fit, he made little impact in the warmups. This XI seem designed to get to 60' level before Klinsmann adds some creativity to the mix with Nagbe and/or Pulisic to maybe steal 3 points if Dempsey doesn't have a moment.
Copa should be exciting to watch, and with Navas out for Costa Rica our chances to get out of the group appear strong.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I agree on Tennessee, I'll be||
I agree on Tennessee, I'll be checking what books have for max bet limits on Wins O/U because while a push wouldn't be crazy, I'd be shocked to lose that bet.
For Michigan, I think we could easily be at ten flat. Barring a major upset/letdown, there are only really five loseable games on our schedule. Penn State and Wisconsin don't look particularly strong and must come to Ann Arbor. Splitting MSU and Iowa, then losing to OSU seems the most likely outcome to me. The other seven opponents range from abysmal tin cans to highly mediocre, plus six of the seven are at home.
I understand 9.5 though. With little precedent and three tough road games, an outside/objective perspective would lean towards nine wins as more likely than eleven. We will see. 12-0 is still on the table, and I have a very hard time imagining anything worse than 8-4.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||At this point, we have a good||
At this point, we have a good idea of the times for the back half of our schedule:
10/8: @ Rutgers, confirmed 7 or 8
Just waiting until the fall to hear the Noon/3:30 breakdown for the first five home dates.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Most of our mediocre teams||
Most of our mediocre teams from 2008-2014 would have navigated this schedule to bowl contention (ok, maybe not 2008) pretty easily. There are also more gimmes than I can remember:
That leaves us with five losable games to top 40 (50? 60?) opponents. The season comes down to not tripping up against the solid B1G teams (PSU, Wisconsin, @Iowa) and then winning the wars in East Lansing and Columbus.
Sure it sucks that both rivalry games are on the road, but other than that any team with playoff aspirations would be thrilled to have this navigable schedule.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The two schools aren't||
The two schools aren't necessarily a package deal for "political" reasons -- as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are considered to be -- but I'd expect the BXII to add both or neither.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm as high on this team as||
I'm as high on this team as anybody, it will easily be our best team since '06 and has an even higher ceiling than that team did if our QB reaches the level we're all hoping/expecting. But lets not completely disregard the history here. Michigan is 3-8 in true road night games since 2008.
Wins: 2011 over 6-7 Northwestern, 2013 over 3-9 UConn, and 2015 over 6-7 Minnesota. The UConn and Minnesota games came down to the very end. I expect to obliterate Rutgers, but Iowa should be hard fought even in victory.
IIRC, Michigan hasn't beaten a ranked team on the road at any time since 2006 @ #2 Notre Dame. Going 2-1 in our three big road trips this year would a tremendous achievment for the program.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Spring Game Grin wins this||
Spring Game Grin wins this region. The others vary from mildly entertaining to underwhelming on the Harbaugh scale. Spring Game Grin can make a deep run.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Has no one listened to what||
Has no one listened to what Adam Silver has said on this? Some points that seem lost on most:
Obviously, there is certainly a chance that in 5-10 years the patch has grown or some of the rules have changed and become more ad-friendly. But this is not a sky-is-falling, OMG Brandz Everywhere catastrophe for the NBA.
Also pro sports are 100% an entertainment business unlike college sports. Without tv revenue (essentially from advertisers) and other corporate investments, the only revenue in the business would be ticket and concession/merchandise sales. There's good reason to service your best corporate partners.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Hotcakes?||
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Because Wisconsin was too||
Because Wisconsin was too obviously the right game for this
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Bars departure isn't great||
Bars departure isn't great for OL depth. Leaves us with just 7-8 guys who wouldn't induce panic if forced into action (JBB could still go either way). Luckily Cole's versatility should make it easier to absorb if 1-2 guys get knicked up... But the reliability drops off a cliff after that and probably would force Bredeson or Onwenu to burn a redshirt.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Also: -TWO senior||
-TWO senior safeties
Linebackers don't matter with a DL and secondary like this right?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||This is completely||
This is completely unimportant. NJ isn't a top 5 state, but it may be almost top 10. There is generally top-end talent but it lacks depth of the elite states.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Everybody realizes that CFP||
Everybody realizes that CFP Committee members are not to participate when a school they have significant ties to is being discussed or voted on right? Still a prestigious post for a Michigan man is by no means a negative!
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||Not long ago Leonard Williams||
Not long ago Leonard Williams was the 6th pick in the NFL Draft and was even higher on most of the "Big Boards". USC doesn't struggle to produce NFL talent anywhere, they just haven't had a complete and consistent team since Pete Carroll left.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Because it said 2016, I was||
Because it said 2016, I was expecting a projection of next year. I like these graphics a lot, but I'm also ready to put 2015 away and look ahead to this coming September.
|27 weeks 15 hours ago||His defense described as||
His defense described as "organized chaos" by the Washington Post according to Wikipedia. Only concern is that of his 33 years in coaching, only 2 came outside of New England (Maryland 09-10). National recruiting may not be his strong suit.
|29 weeks 8 hours ago||They're FG kicking game has||
They're FG kicking game has been an absolute tire fire
|29 weeks 4 days ago||I'd rather not have one rival||
I'd rather not have one rival in the Playoff and the other in the Rose Bowl. We Are Iowa (for a week).
|32 weeks 1 day ago||This. You have to respect his||
This. You have to respect his sacrifice, but dude has no money problems
|32 weeks 5 days ago||No||
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I think 34-17-ish is more||
I think 34-17-ish is more likely but I applaud your reasonable take
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Milksteak||
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Feel bad for you if you don't||
Feel bad for you if you don't get tingly feelings watching Steph Curry heat up or the Spurs ball movement make music or Anthony Davis do all manner of freak things. Oh well
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Cool story bro I know... But||
Cool story bro I know... But I played freshman Denard (when he was a relative nobody other than the one magical TD) in NCAA Football when visiting UM as a high school senior.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||A more tepid crowd slash home||
A more tepid crowd slash home field advantage hurts on the field as well as in recruiting. Hurts fans who enjoy tailgating for longer than 8am to 11am, and the environment is also less fun than games finishing at sunset or under the lights.
Sure, we should have a few noon games a year (MAC snacks, IU/Rutgers/Maryland, Ohio State in late November), but not throwing in a night game along with a couple 3:30 starts would be stupid.